My DIY version of the J.Crew bubble necklace

The J. Crew bubble statement necklace is ubiquitous, but at $150 it isn’t exactly budget friendly. Seeing several similar styles on eBay and etsy for a fraction of the cost made me curious as to how easy it would be to make one myself. The answer is with the supplies, jewelry pliers, glue, and some wire cutters you can make this in an hour or two with even the slightest knowledge of jewelry making. I simply used photos of the J. Crew necklace as my guide, and cut my chain to make the entire necklace 18 inches.

What You Need:

{clockwise} Round nose pliers; flush cutters; chain nose pliers; finished necklace; E-6000 glue; lace bezel settings; 20 mm cabochons; 8 mm beads; brass jump rings; brass head pins; brass cable chain; brass lobster claw

Round nose jewelry pliers (Beadsmith Jewelry Fine Round Nose Micro Pliers @ Amazon)
Chain nose jewelry pliers (Beadalon Red Handle Chain Nose Pliers, Econo @ Amazon)
Wire cutters (Xuron 410 Micro Shear Flush Cutter @ Amazon)
E-6000 glue @ Amazon

20 mm round cabochons in the color of your choice
8 mm beads in a complimentary color

Brass components (use any metal of your choice) :
20 mm round laced edge bezel settings
6 mm 21 gauge jump rings
2 inch 22 gauge head pins
14×9 5 mm lobster claw clasp ( or closure of our choice)
8 mm cable chain (I ordered a bit more than I needed and cut to my liking)

Use your pliers to flatten necessary edges on the lace bezel settings, this will make your life easier when attaching the cabochons and beads
Glue cabochons to lace bezel settings
Attach cabochons using jump rings (how to open and close jump rings)
Use head pins and a simple loop to attach 8 mm beads (demo on the simple headpin loop)
Cut chain to desired length and attach to top two cabochons
Attach lobster clasp
Now show off your masterpiece!

My DIY version of the J.Crew bubble necklace

I purchased all brass components at Fusion Beads save for the lace bezel settings which I bought on etsy. There are several etsy sellers and online retailers with a large selection of beads and cabochons in various colors. A bit of browsing can lead to gorgeous finds.

2 Comments on DIY Bubble Necklace Inspired by J. Crew

  1. Regan Mcwhirter
    October 16, 2012 at 9:13 pm (5 years ago)

    Great job. I love the outcome of your necklace!!!! It looks wonderful. How much was the total of making it yourself?

  2. Melanie Sweeney
    October 19, 2012 at 7:36 pm (5 years ago)

    I would say it cost me about $30 to make one necklace. The thing is if you already own jewelry tools and you purchase your supplies in bulk your cost per creation goes down a bit.